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, western japan, to hanada airport in tokyo. it was carrying 129 passengers and eight crew members. airline officials say they evacuated the plane shortly after landing. authorities at the airport closed the runway. officials at the departing airport say they didn't notice anything unusual before the plane took off. dreamliners have suffered a series of technical problems this month, including a battery fire and several fuel leaks. >>> two explosions have torn through a university in aleppo, northern syria. activists say 83 people were killed, dozens wounded. it's not clear who is behind the attack. the explosions blew the walls off buildings at the university of aleppo and set cars on fire. government and opposition forces have competing narratives of what happened. the state-run news agency blamed opposition fighters. it said what it called terrorists fired rockets, killing students and people taking shelter in the dormitories. and opposition activists said government forces were responsible. the activists quoted a student as saying that students were taking exams when planes attacked. op
in tokyo. politicians and pundits have warned for months of the dangers as the united states pushed closer to the fiscal cliff. they warned simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts would push the economy back into recession. members of the senate passed a bill aimed at steering the country away from the edge. but lawmakers in the house of representatives say they don't like the deal. the senate sent the bill to the republican-dominated house early on tuesday. it would raise taxes on people who made $400,000 or more and couples that earn $450,000 or more. it maintains tax cuts for the middle class. the bill postpones by two months major spending cuts scheduled to start on wednesday. house democratic leader nancy pelosi called for a bipartisan agreement to head quickly to a vote. but house speaker john boehner said many republicans are unhappy and want to rework the bill. they're calling for more cuts to social security. that could set up a showdown with the senate and risk turmoil on financial markets. >>> iran's navy conducted a six-day drill near the strait of hormuz in the persian gu
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's friday, january 11th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. egyptian president has agreed to >>> pakistans have seen one of their bloodiest days in years. they wounded more than 250. a suicide bomber detonated his explosiv explosives. police arrived at the scene. then a car bomb exploded. police say 56 people were killed. 116 wounded. a militant group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. a roadside bomb exploded earlier in the day. it killed at least 12 people. in separatist group claims responsible saying they were targeting security forces. a bomb killed 23 people at a religious gathering in the swat valley. the motives are not clear. government officials say 40,000 people have been killed in terrorist attacks over the last ten years. >>> egyptian president morsi has agreed to cooperate with iran to call on syria's government and opposition forces to halt fighting. morsi met iranian foreign minister in cairo on thursday. like the united states and gulf nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposit
kobayashi in tokyo. >>> legislators in the u.s. have filed to meet the year end deadline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. members of the senate agreed to extend tax cuts for middle income earners and raise taxes on the wealthy but the house of representatives decided not to vote on the bill on new year's eve. the house is expected to resume talks quickly in the new year to avert a serious impact from tax hikes. president barack obama gave a conference earlier on new year's eve. he said he was optimistic that senators could reach a compromise. >> now today it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's not done. there are still issues left to resolve, but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said the two parties had reached an agreement on taxes. they are believed to have agreed to extend tax cuts for middle income earners. people earning more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts.
. daisuke azama, nhk world, tokyo. >>> a japan citizen considered missing following the hostage siege at a natural gas plant in algeria is now confirmed dead. this brings the number of japanese victims to 10. islamist militants attacked the desert facility last week and kidnapped hundreds of workers. >>> chief cabinet secretary confirmed the latest death in tokyo. >> translator: vice foreign minister told me by telephone from algeria that officials there have identified the body of the last missing person. with that we have confirmed the death of ten japanese nationals. >> the victim was 66 years old. atatani was a top executive with a japanese engineering firm, jgc corporation, which was working to construct a plant at the gas facility. sources with ties to jgc says he was at the site to meet executives from the british oil firm bp which leads the gas development project. the militants said they took him and hundreds of others hostage to pressure france to end its military campaign against islamist forces in neighboring mali. algerian soldiers surrounded the plant soon after the atta
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's monday, january 28. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. indian military commanders have successfully test fired a submarine missile. they moved closer to being able to launch nuclear weapons from land, air and sea. the development organization announced the launch in the bay of bengal. the mission has a range of 145 kilometres. they are preparing to put a launch in service. last year they tested the ballistic missile. it's capable of reaching most regions in asia and part of europe. commanders have been trying to improve their missile capability in the face of competition from pakistan and china. chinese authorities have tested out a jumbo cargo plane made in china. it runs 47 metres long. it can fly nonstop for 7,800 kilometers. it can carry more than 60 kinds of cargo. state-runneme media says the airplane runs better than the jumbo model currently in use. the report says it's on par with a cargo plane used by the u.s. military, the c-17 globemaster. china is the fourth nation to develop a jumbo cargo plane after the u.s., russia and the ukrain
could hamper you in dealing with various issues but i'll back you up politically. >> officials at tokyo electric power started their work at a new hours in fukushima prefecture. >> translator: we will always keep in mind how disaster victims are suffering. we will do everything we can to help evacuees return home as soon as possible. >> tepco intends to station more than 4,000 employees at the fukushima recovery headquarters. >>> prime minister abe's special envoy conveyed the leader's willingness to improve ties with south korea. the president elect park geun-hye gave a positive response but pointed out the need to face bilateral historic issues. former finance minister fukushiro nukaga met park in seoul. they hope the new governments can build good relations. he handed park a letter from the prime minister expressing the wish. park said south korea and japan need each other in many ways. she said she hopes to work on reconciliation and cooperation while facing issues connected to their related history. >> translator: we confirmed our shared view we should improve ties from a broad per
. a chinese man accused of committing a crime in tokyo has returned home after a south korean court denied an extradition request by japan. liu qiang is suspected of setting a fire at the yasukuni shrine. liu served a ten-month prison sentence in south korea in connection with another case. he threw molotov cocktails at the japanese embassy in seoul. they believe he set fire at the yasukuni shrine in december of 2011. the shine honors war dead including convicted japanese war criminals. the authorities demanded liu's extradition based on a treaty. south korean court rejected the request on thursday. it ruled he's exempt from the practice addition treaty on the grounds he committed crimes based on his political views and he considers yasukuni shrine a symbol of japanese justification for its past colonial wars and not merely a religious facility. liu flew to shanghai on friday. prime minister abe's envoy protested against the court decision when he met in seoul with south korean foreign minister kim sung-hwan. he responded the judgment of left in the hands of the judicial branch in accordan
principles. it will resemble probably, tokyo or germany, we are studying these relationships and we will do that. >> steven collison? >> thank you, mr. president, do you contemplate the end of this war, can you say as commander-in-chief, that the huge human and financial costs this has entailed can be justified, given the fact that the afghanistan that the world will leave behind is somewhat diminished from the visions of reconstruction and democracy that kind of prevalent at the beginning of the war? >> and president karzai, many independent studies have criticized afghanistan for corruption and poor governance, do you stand by your assertion last month that much of this is due to the influence of foreigners? and are you completely committed to stepping down as president of the elections next year? >> i want us to remember why we went to afghanistan. we went into afghanistan because 3,000 americans were viciously murdered. by a terrorist organization that was operating openly and at the invitation of those who were then ruling afghanistan. it was absolutely the right thing to do for us to
. tokyo electric power is not reporting results because it's currently under state control. four utilities posted record losses for the period. kushu was $2.6 billion, hokkaido, almost a billion dollars and another company, $340 million. tohoku sustained $150 million. and shubou $24 million. power utilities had to shoulder higher fuel costs because most of the nation's nuclear power reactors remain offline after the fukushima daiichi accident. their bottom lines were hurt further by more expensive imported fuel, which was pushed higher by the weaker yen. >>> nearly 100 camera makers unveiled their latest products at a large efltxpo near tokyo. they're hoping to re-attract consumers who have switched to camera-equipped smartphones. the four-day cps plus camera and photo imaging show opened in yokohama on thursday. this allows users to upload photos to the internet through a smartphone. nikkon showed off a camera with an android operating system. a new single lens reflex camera from sony features advance image processing technology. it can produce professional images, for example, by blurrin
they see out of tokyo. >> they are going to like what they see today. tokyo stocks are kicking off the week in positive territory. that's held by the weaker yen. they are resuming trading today after a 3-day weekend. the nikkei has reached its highest levels. tokyo shares are much higher. yen weakness is prompting traders to buy a wide range of stocks including export related ones. the nikkei gained on expectations that it will take further action to pull out of prolonged inflation. the dollar is trading at a two and a half year low amid 89 yen. at 89.55 to 59. market participants say it's due to stronger expectations that japan central bank will take full action in coming months. let's take a look at the euro because earlier this tokyo it hit the highest level. let's take a look at other markets in the asia pacific. the kospi is trading down at 1,998. australia is trading higher at 4,728. u.s. president barack obama says republicans have to do what he calls the right thing on raising the debt ceiling. he says if they don't the u.s. faces a federal default and confusion in financial markets
potential solution is inspired by lessons from japan. this man works for a tokyo corporation, a japanese company head quartered in tokyo. next to vietnam's largest city, ho chi minh. he's trying to sell a business model that helped japan during its own period of economic growth. >> translator: industry in the area is already booming. we hope to contribute to developing not only industry but housing and services, too. >> reporter: private japanese railway companies create an important role helping other areas along cities like tokyo. without master plan, cities have concentric circles of mix residential and commercial areas. the farther the suburb, the more inconvenient it is to get to the city center. downtown traffic congestion only gets worse. but japan's private railway companies use a different model. first, they build railways into the suburbs and then large residential areas. they provide quality housing at reasonable prices. people living along the railway could easily reach the city. they also include supermarkets and amusement parks. as consumer incomes grew, the companies made
for his administration. >>> stocks rallied here in tokyo, fukushima from the business team. they are here with more. >> the core index advanced for the fourth session in a row mainly on back of weaker yen, the japanese yen. the tokyo stock market closed the final session of 2012 at the year's highest level. investors are hoping prime minister shinzo abe's administration will tackle inflation and spur economic growth. a festive mood dominated at a ceremony that marked the end of trading for the year at the tokyo stock exchange. it topped the previous high for the previous year recorded on thursday. for the entire year the nikkei advanced 23%. this is the first time in three years that the key index has climbed above the previous year's closing level. >> we got a boost on february 14th, valentine's day when the bank of japan set in motion asset easing. that weakened the yen and pushed the nikkei to its initial year high at the end of march. greek debt worries and overall eurozone debt issues really began to come to nature in early april, gradually cutting into earlier gains and pushing the
. tokyo electric power company crews need to remove hundreds of spent fuel rods that are being stored on site. it's the first major step toward decommissioning the facility, a process that's expected to take 40 years. >>> prime minister shinzo abe visited fukushima daiichi on the weekend and expressed his intention to extend full government support. >> translator: the state of emergency is over and we're now in a transition phase with efforts focused on decommissioning. the government will do all it can to help speed up this process. >> during the initial decommissioning phases tepco workers will need to remove thee pool in the reactor 4 building. they took out two rods last july during a trial. tepco engineers have since studied how to remove about 1,500 others. they plan to start mid-november and complete the process in december 2014, a year earlier than initially scheduled. they want to remove the rods as soon as possible because of concerns about the storage pool's quake resistance. high radiation levels at the reactor site will make it difficult to proceed. tepco workers have fac
an annual ceremony with senior diplomats. the gathering happened in tokyo at the imperial palace. the emperor said in his message that he prays for the prosperity of the nation and the happiness of its people. the imperial couple received greetings from the prime minister abe and speakers of both chambers of the diet in the morning and their spouses in the afternoon. the public will be invited to greet the emperor and the empress and family members on wednesday at the imperial palace. >>> north korea's state run television ushered in the new year by praising the achievements of leader kim jung-un. korean central television aired a fireworks display. a commentator described kim jong-un's political achievements including the launch of a rocket. analysts believe it was a test of long-range missile technology. north korean tv usually broadcasts simple greetings. it's rare for it to broadcast fireworks displays. kim jong-un has delivered the first years speech by a north korean leader in 19 years. he said the country should put a priority or healing the rift with south korea. state ru
and determine what safety measures are needed. nhk world, tokyo. >>> police in the american state of new mexico are trying to figure out what could have driven a teenager to pick up a gun and kill. they arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the shooting deaths of five people including three children. authorities took the teen into custody on saturday. the victims died of multiple gunshot wounds at a home in albuquerque. u.s. media say they were related to the shooter. police found a semiautomatic rifle and other weapons at the scene. they are trying to determine how he got the guns. u.s. president barack obama has been trying to reform gun control laws since the mass shooting last month at an elementary school in connecticut. his proposal has prompted protest rallies across the country. >>> assertions that part of a rocket launched by north korea in december was made in china could influence u.n. security council discussions. the body is considering possible responses to the launch. south korea's military has analyzed debris from the rocket salvaged from the yellow sea. including a firs
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday, january 30th. i'm catherine kobayashi tokyo. >>> the team managing the transition of power in south korea has been thrown into disarray. president-elect park geun-hye nominated kim yong joon last week for prime minister, but now he's withdrawn his name. wim served as chief of the constitutional court and he led park's transition team. but allegations surfaced that his two sons were exempted from military service for invalid reasons. and many south koreans have criticized him for his extensive property holdings. kim reportedly apologized to the public and tpark for causi trouble. park will become the country's first female president next month. park has been warning the outgoing president not to abuse his power. but park his lee myung bak has ignored her advice. he pardoned political allies, friends, and others who had been convicted of corruption. park and lee have been rivals since vying for their party's presidential nomination six years ago. president lee pardoned the former head of the korean communications commission and t
at the currency market. the dollar is trading above the mid 88 yen level. tokyo traders are seeing a halt in the yen's gain. this follows recent cautious remarks from cabinet ministers about a weak yen. the euro is higher against the yen. tokyo share prices are higher today. the nikkei average is at 106,872 106,872. market participants say the yen's pull back prompted investors to buy up export related issues. taking a look at other markets. south korea's kospi trading high up 1,979. in australia the benchmark is trading higher by three-fourths of a percent. the euro zone credit crisis is taking a heavy toll for passenger cars. car sales plunged to a 17 year low. new car saechles stood at 12 million units. it's the lowest since germany saw a decline of 3%. all u.s. european and japanese makers suffered declines. germany's volkswagen lost 1.6%. south korean makers were strong. kia motors saw a jump of 14%. that's the latest in business for this hour. here is a check on other markets. >>> japanese prime minister says he opposes any use. he's visiting vietnam on his first tour aboard. abe pr
. analysts say that's due to worries over with the euro zone. let's see how this is affecting tokyo stocks. share prices surging across the board. nikkei at 10,828. a gain of over 2% from thursday's close. buying was prompted by more optimistic views about the u.s. economic recovery following strong housing data. let's look at other markets open in the asia pacific. over in australia the benchmark index is trading hie ining high. positive moves so far. tokyo is leading >> on japan clearly that sort of recently announced fiscal and monetary package is intended to create growth in the short term. we don't think that if not associated with a midterm solid anchoring that would actually indicate the determination to change the debt trajectory, reduce the deficit. >> lagarde gave her view on thursday. she supported a 2% inflation target which abe asked the bank of japan to set. she said it's a good idea if the central bank can maintain its independence. more business news next hour. here is a check on markets once again. >>> japanese prime minister has conveyed his concern. the two leaders met i
quarter this week. nearly 300 companies listed on the tokyo stock exchange and the market for high-end growth emerging were out with results thursday. they account for 17% of listed companies. the recent yen weakness and higher stock prices are having an impact on their business performance. >>> toshiba reported results between april and december of 2012. the maker of electronic equipment says operating profit rose 12% in yen terms from the period in 2011 to about a billion dollars. as the main factors of cite souring demand at home and abroad and stronger chip demand for smart phones. toshiba says net income jumped to $600 million, that's more than six times larger than the year before. the company says the weak yen dramatically improved its bottom line. meanwhile, seven out of nine electric power companies have reported their results posted losses due to a sharp rise in fuel costs. the utilities except for okinawa were in the red between april and december 2012. tokyo electric power is not reporting results because it's currently under state control. four utility posted record lo
was accepted decades ago, it is unacceptable now. nhk world, tokyo. >>> japan's supreme court ruled that retailers should be allowed to sell nonprescription drugs over the internet. the decision invalidates a government ordinance banning online sales of medication to treat allergies, colds and stomach problems. until now, a health ministry ordinance banned online sales of drugs presenting a high risk of side effects. two retailers challenged the rules arguing they were excessive and illegal. the supreme court ruled that the government's blanket ban went beyond the scope of legislation. the decision was immediately welcomed by the retailers. >> translator: we'll resume online sales of drugs as of today. convenience shouldn't be sacrificed for the sake of safety. we believe that both are entirely compatible. >> some groups warn that consumers could be at risk. this woman represents people suffering from side effects linked to medication. >> translator: people should be aware that a single occurrence of side effects can cause irreparable damage. convenience should never be given priori
of tokyo. the ocean there is more than 5,000 meters deep. the researchers plan to extract samples of mud by sinking a pipe 20 meters into the seabed, then they will analyze the types, densities and locations of rare earth metals. a group from the university of tokyo found high concentrations of metals in the area last june. they estimated the deposit could satisfy japan's needs for those materials for more than 200 years. analysts at the u.s. geological survey say china currently accounts for 97% of global output of the metals. >>> fresh or frozen? gourmets say that's what separates fine dining experience from a soggy tv meal. now, a small japanese company is ready to send the question itself the way of the ice age. >> reporter: this high-end sushi restaurant in tokyo serves extremely good tuna. it's frozen, but you'd never guess. these are the advanced freezers which preserve the fish's freshness. the secret is magnetic wave he is. food is kept constantly vibrating so that ice crystal does not form. this water is below freezing. it's in a state known as super cooled. it turns to ice at
. the group plans to convey concerns about the missiles and nuclear programs. >>> tokyo has bid to host the 2017 olympics. the city says that with the legacy of the summer games it hosted in 1964, it's eager to hold a new type of future oriented olympics. bid committee managing director turned in a file at ioc headquarters in switzerland. the document sets out detailed plans in 14 categories, including vision for the games, venues, financing and safety. tokyo plans features, compact organization with about 85% of venues within an 8 kilometer radius. the city says it would use its national stadium as the main venue. the city says it will spend roughly $1.4 billion on refurbishing the stadium and increasing seating capacity to 80,000. istanbul, turkey, and madrid, spain, are also submitting bids to host the games. the ioc plans to pick the host city at its annual meeting in buenos aires, argentina, in september. >>> japanese government leaders are back in high gear after a long year and new year holiday break. prime minister shinzo abe and his cabinet ministers are getting ready to hammer
was accepted decades ago, it is unacceptable now. nhk world, tokyo. >>> gentleman man's supreme court ruled that retailers should ab loud to sell nonprescription drugs over the internet. the decision invalidates a government ordinance banning online sales of medication to treat allergies, colds and stomach problems. until now, a health ministry ordinance banned online sales of drugs presenting a high risk of side effects. two retailers challenged the rules arguing they were excessive and illegal. the supreme court ruled that the government's blanket ban went beyond the scope of legislation. the decision was immediately welcomed by the retailers. >> translator: we'll resume online sales of drugs as of today. convenience shouldn't be sacrificed for the sake of safety. we believe that both are entirely compatible. >> some groups warn that consumers could be at risk. this woman represents people suffering from side effects linked to medication. >> translator: people should be aware that a single occurrence of side effects can cause irreparable damage. convenience should never be given priority
and worked in tokyo as shop manager. now he gives regular sessions to local supervisors. he explains is the importance of a clean entrance and neatly arranged products. >> translator: his explanation was exact and easy to understand. >> translator: i want to provide the same services as stores in japan. so we can offer customers what they want, where and when they want it. >> reporter: with the whole market stagnating, japanese convenience store chains feel the competition, which will only get hotter. nhk world, jakarta. >>> a baby elephant in india is free again after falling into a well. tragedy was narrowly avoided when authorities in the eastern state of jharkand moved heaven and earth to set the cow free. the baby elephant likely became separated from its herd before getting stuck. thankfully the well was almost dry. the animal's cries alerted villagers who called for help from forestry officials. a mission to rescue the calf got under way. earth-moving equipment arrived to create an escape route. five hours after digging began, the animal finally struggled towards the surface.
the survivors and officials who accompanied them on their arrival in tokyo. the japanese hostages were among hundreds of natural gas plant workers taken captive by islamist militants in algeria. they were working for the engineering firm jgc corporation. 27 foreign nationals were killed along with 10 japanese. one jgc staff member who was missing and later confirmed dead will be returned to japan on saturday. prime minister shinzo abe met with his cabinet ministers to discuss the hostage crisis and offered silent prayers for the victims. >> translator: please allow us to express our deepest sympathy for the victims and their families. the chief cabinet secretary will oversee the investigation of this case. he'll also introduce measures to ensure the safety of japanese nationals and firms abroad. >> abe vowed to continue the fight against terrorism together with the international community. the president of jgc corporation has expressed regret over the hostage crisis in algeria. he held a news conference just after returning to japan with seven survivors and nine victims. >> translator: jgc's
to keep pace with rising imports. daisuke azama, nhk world, tokyo. >>> all right. let's get a check to see how markets fared start. starting in europe stocks are looking like this, fairly mixed picture right now with the majors there. we did have that strong factory data out of china's porting sentiment. apple's lackluster earnings did weigh on investors a bit as you can see there. the ftse 100 is up by .30% in london. we have declined for the dax in frankfurt down .15%. paris' cac40 is up by .20%. in early trading stocks, china data pushed up japanese stocks to rise 1.3%. we have australian shares also up today by about .50%. but the impact on mainland chinese stocks was moderate. shanghai ended down.80%. hong kong was .20% lower. to currencies now, the dollar gaining ground against the yen to the mid-89 level due to receding concerns about the world's largest economy after u.s. legislators passed a bill to extend the debt ceiling. we are seeing dollar/yen at 89.61. market players say news of north korea's possible nuclear testing also fueled geo political concerns. the euro is strong at
on another plane. the 787 suffered a fuel leak on sunday near tokyo days after a similar incident in boston. in both instances fuel spilled from two nozzles located on the left wing. the devices are meant to release excess fuel from the tanks. in the latest incident, pilots said a display in the cockpit indicated valves adjusting the flow of fuel were closed when they were actually opened. investigators have now identified a defect in the valve system. the system is powered by an electric motor. it's operated from the cockpit. a british company makes the valve. investigators found last week's incident in boston found the same type of device. japan's transport ministry plans to send a team next week to meet with representatives of the manufacturer. >>> a group of researchers is urging people in japan to think about worst case scenarios. they say it's the on lie way to prepare for a huge quake in the pacific. one that could claim more than 300,000 lives. >> reporter: these are experts for disaster prevention. they have been studying the quake that devastated kobe 18 years ago. this professor
accompanied them upon their arrival in tokyo. the japanese hostages were among hundreds of natural gas plant workers taken captive by islamist militants in algeria. they were working for an engineering firm. 27 foreign nationals were killed along with 10 japanese. one staff member who was missing and later confirmed dead will be returned to japan on saturday. prime minister shinzo abe met with his cabinet ministers to discuss the hostage crisis and offered silent prayers for the victims. >> translator: please allow us to express our deepest sympathy for the victims and their families. we will soon repatriate the body of the last victim who was confirmed yesterday. >> abe vowed to continue the fight against terrorism together with the international community. >> the president of the corporation had expressed regret over the hostage crisis in algeria. he held a news conference just after returning to japan with seven survivors and nine victims. >> translator: jc kbmpb's employees involved in development projects abroad take pride in their work. which contributes to the economic development of
welcome to "newsline." it's thursday, january 31st, i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. israeli fighter jets have carried out an attack in syria. there's conflicting reports as to what that target was. the planes attacked a research center near the capapal of damascus. state media carried a statement from the syrian military. it said the jets targeted a scientific research facility. the attack adds to what it calls israel's history of aggression against arabs and muslims. reuters report the plane bombed a convoy. they suggested trucks were carrying weapons. israeli prime minister said on sunday weapons were flowing out of syria and that israelisust be fully prepared. he's concerned that syrian made missiles and chemical weapons may reach hezbollah. countries around the world have pledged more than $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid for syria. 4.7 syrians need help including millions forced from their homes. >> translator: it's freezing here. we get only one blanket for family. many people are sick. >> representatives of quikuwaitd the united arabs pledged money. >> there's no mili
passengers who are supposed to come home via ama are stuck in tokyo. flight 692 with 129 passengers on board made an emergency landing in japan. those on board reported a burning smell. a battery problem triggered a cockpit error forcing pilots to land the plane. tonight, a&a has grounded all of its 17 dreamliners following a series of problems from oil leaks to fuel leaks to engine cracks and damaged cockpit windows sxhchltd now an emergency land -- and now an emergency landing. last friday was the inaugural nonstop flight from san jose to tokyo. chris mcginnis flew out saturday on a nonstop flight san jose to tokyo and spoke to cbs 5 via skype tonight. >> the boeing 787 dreamliner really blew me away. >> reporter: and san jose was expecting to enjoy a projected $77.2 million a year pumped into the region with five nonstop flights a week. >> these are teething issues. it doesn't mean the flight is going to stop. it may be canceled today, but it could come back shortly. >> reporter: for years, they have suffered a "you can't get here" reputation. this was going to change that. for now, san j
japan such as cleanliness and hospitality. this employee was hired in japan and worked in tokyo as shop manager. now he gives regular sessions to local supervisors. he explains is the importance of a clean entrance and neatly arranged products. >> translator: his explanation was exact and easy to understand. >> translator: i want to provide the same services as stores in japan. so we can offer customers what they want, where and when they want it. >> reporter: with the whole market stagnating, japanese convenience store chains feel the competition, which will only get hotter. nhk world, jakarta. >>> a baby elephant in india is free again after falling into a well. tragedy was narrowly avoided when authorities in the eastern state of jharkand moved heaven and earth to set the cow free. the baby elephant likely became separated from its herd before getting stuck. thankfully the well was almost dry. the animal's cries alerted villagers who called for help from forestry officials. a mission to rescue the calf got under way. earth-moving equipment arrived to create an escape route. five hour
welcome to "newsline." it's friday, january 4th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. noer mothers and fathers are starting the new year off. a rebel basic vis said opposition fighters are surrounding air bases. residents report fighting in places that have seen a lot of that. the two sides are fighting for control of an air base in the capital damascus. at least 30 people were killed. united nations officials say now more than 60,000 have been killed since the uprising began in march 2011. >>> power e lelectric crews nee to remove hundreds of spent fuel rods. it's a process that's expected to take 40 years. >> translator: the state of emgency is over and we're now in a transition phase with efforts focused on decommissioning. the government will do all it can to help speed up this process. >> during the initial decommissioning phases tepco workers are need to remove the spent fuel. the first part will begin this year. they plan to start in mid-november and complete the process in december 2014, a year earlier than initially scheduled. they want to remove the rods as soon as possib
consecutive meetings. now let's get a check on the markets. first looking at the stock market tokyo shares are trading higher this morning. trading is cautious ahead of the announcement from the boj policy meeting. the nikkei average is trading at a higher%. let's see what's happening on the currency market. the yen is little changed against other major currencies with investors refraining from aggressive betting. the against the yen is changing at 89.74 to 75. meanwhile euro against the yen is at 119.38 to 42. mark players say all eyes are on what kind of bold measures the central bank can come up with if it's two achieve the 2% inflation market. investors expect trading to be volatile following the government and boj announcement. south korea's kospi flat pretty much. 19 1,9 1,986. we'll see where trading takes us. global unemployments on the rise. the international labor organization says the number of jobless people increased for the first time in three years as european credit woes continue to weigh on the global economy. officials announce on tuesday that nearly 200 million people wo
of this key event, we're going to ramin mellegard who is at the tokyo stock exchange. ramin, tell me, aren't markets pretty much already expecting a surge in outcome from the boj meeting? >> very good question. a lot of traders that i've spoken to over the last couple weeks have really told me that given the price action we've seen so far with the weakening trend of the nikkei, the markets are pretty much expecting the boj, bank of japan, to take steps to make sure a more agressive monetary stand and fight against deflation pretty much in line with prime minister abe's aims. now, let's have a look at how the markets are opening before this big day, and a bit of a mixed picture there. the nikkei just barely above the positive and the topix just marginally in the negative. as we did see some profit taking on monday, that wasn't such a surprise, and we should really expect a narrow range today as well. now, given the fact that we had a 300-point gain on friday, and also given the jump in the n nikkei since parliament was divided on monday, profits are minimal. we might trade in a narrow range
a look at stocks now. tokyo share prices are lower. as the yen is gaining ground. the nikkei average trading at 10,651. that is a loss of a little over half a percent from tuesday's close. market sources say investors are selling many stocks but especially export-related issues, and that is due to the yen's strength as well as the fact that the b.o.j.'s measures were almost as anticipated. okay. in other asian markets we are seeing seoul regain that 2,000 level. it is up by 1/5 of a percent at the moment. taking a look at australia, the benchmark index is trading higher by a third of a percent at 4,794. >>> well, the japanese government plans to help the ship-building industry in the northeast region which was hit by the march 2011 disaster. the government plans to subsidize ship builders when they jointly build facilities such as dry docks. the subsidies will cover 2/3 of the cost. in the earthquake and ensuing tsunami 37 ship-yards along the pacific coast were severely damaged. infrastructure ministry officials say that 34 of them resumed operations, but many are still facing probl
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